Sections. Gallery of Polish Architecture of the 20th and 21st Centuries

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What is architecture, and what is its potential? How can we describe its relationship with people? The new permanent exhibition at the Szołayski House explores these and other questions to capture an image of contemporary Polish architecture.

Selected architectural designs and projects from the 20th and 21st centuries are divided into thematic sections. “These paths through space and through our thoughts become a guide to the history of Polish architecture with all its specific contexts and backgrounds. Devised as universal questions on the nature of architecture, they encourage reflection on architecture in general and on Polish architectural heritage from timeless and supra-regional perspectives,” promises the exhibition guide. 

Tickets: normal PLN 28, concessions PLN 15, family PLN 56, admission free on Tuesday

The Feliks Jasieński Szołayski House

pl. Szczepański 9

The residential building at Szczepański Square reached its current form in the 1820s. In 1904, it passed into the hands of the Kraków commune with the aim of becoming a museum, and its history has been varied ever since: in 1934 it held the Feliks “Manggha” Jasieński branch of the National Museum, after the Second World War it presented a gallery of mediaeval art, and in the 21st century it was the temporary home to the Stanisław Wyspiański Museum. It’s also worth noting that in 2021 the museum finalised a few important projects, and Wyspiański’s works, forming a core part of the history of Polish design, go on show on 3 December at the new branch of his museum at the former granary at Sikorskiego Square. In the meantime, the Szołayski House has become a space for completely new artistic experiences by presenting previously unshown works from the National Museum’s collection: two new permanent exhibitions heralding the Museum of Architecture and Design which will be located in the former Hotel Cracovia. For the time being, the extensive selection of works from the National Museum’s collection and artworks created as part of an ongoing collaboration with Polish designers are presented at the historic Szołayski House.

Tickets to permanent exhibitions: normal PLN 28, concessions PLN 17, family PLN 56, admission free on Tuesday

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